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After 18 years of owning Priscilla it has sold and passed to new owner.

Crikey which twit stated that the 2 best days of boat ownership are the first purchase date and the sale date.

Feel like a stunned mullet.

However at $650 pm berth rate I had to admit financial defeat so thanks Kevin Lidgard and Co for the unsustainably unaffordable parking option for our princess that inversely was responsible for directly driving down the value of our long held family adventure machine.

Off to have a rum or ten.

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Sorry to read that. 

 

I noticed in France that many boats are in great nick, even the old tubs. The owners have money left to maintain them because marina fees are only €200 a month for an 11m berth. That includes free careening on a washed and treated grid, unlimited electricity, water, security, free checks on your boat while you're away, free moving your boat if it needs it, free docking assistance if required, free wifi, free unlimited parking for your crew, free supermarket pickup and drop off, and they're happy if you liveaboard. Lift and 72h on the hard is 200 bucks.

 

I don't care how you slice it. Akl Marinas are grotesquely overpriced and under delivering in terms of service. How many boats are sitting unmaintained on marina berths because ALL the owners spare cash is going into the monthly fee instead of maintaining the boat/ antifoul etc?

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Don’t despair. That $7200 saving will get you a nice charter in Whitsundays or Tonga. Our strategy was to downsize to save outgoings, do regular sailing on smaller or other people’s boats and spend the savings on a charter.

 

Turned out that the actual approach has been join a syndicate (which has achieved the other people’s boat but) and regularly charter. With friends we get on a nice big cat and are way ahead of the expenditure we used to have.

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Sorry to read that. 

 

I noticed in France that many boats are in great nick, even the old tubs. The owners have money left to maintain them because marina fees are only €200 a month for an 11m berth. That includes free careening on a washed and treated grid, unlimited electricity, water, security, free checks on your boat while you're away, free moving your boat if it needs it, free docking assistance if required, free wifi, free unlimited parking for your crew, free supermarket pickup and drop off, and they're happy if you liveaboard. Lift and 72h on the hard is 200 bucks.

 

I don't care how you slice it. Akl Marinas are grotesquely overpriced and under delivering in terms of service. How many boats are sitting unmaintained on marina berths because ALL the owners spare cash is going into the monthly fee instead of maintaining the boat/ antifoul etc?

 

So true, I heard that the manager gets a bonus if he can work out ways to charge more and deliver less! Seriously the big problem is no competition, perception of boat owners as rich pricks who can pay "market rate" which is determined by berth occupancy- too many empty price remains stable, too full then well it MUST be too cheap so jack it up and then gaslight us that serving up a sh*t sandwich is really tasty. Look at what they are doing as an indication of how they see average Richmond and PCC members, eliminate moorings to building 14m plus berths, focus on the big money and who cares about average people.

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Sorry to read that.

 

I noticed in France that many boats are in great nick, even the old tubs. The owners have money left to maintain them because marina fees are only €200 a month for an 11m berth. That includes free careening on a washed and treated grid, unlimited electricity, water, security, free checks on your boat while you're away, free moving your boat if it needs it, free docking assistance if required, free wifi, free unlimited parking for your crew, free supermarket pickup and drop off, and they're happy if you liveaboard. Lift and 72h on the hard is 200 bucks.

 

I don't care how you slice it. Akl Marinas are grotesquely overpriced and under delivering in terms of service. How many boats are sitting unmaintained on marina berths because ALL the owners spare cash is going into the monthly fee instead of maintaining the boat/ antifoul etc?

Was in France 2 weeks ago and checked out the local marina which is claimed to be the biggest in the med it is about 50% bigger than westhaven . Was very surprised to see some of the biggest private boats on the planet on one side of the marina and the other side had literally 100s of sub 30 foot yachts and trailer yachts of very pedestrian design and value with the odd pogo here and there .

 

The dock setup was really different and way simpler than here (cheaper?) , wide modular plastic dock with no fingers or piles between berths and boats stern to the dock , bows were tied off to two mooring lines per boat that were attached to a massive chain running parallel to the dock on the sea floor . The bow lines were long enough to be tied off to the dock when not in use . Even in the budget part of the marina there was power and water every 5-6 metres and by budget imagine Noelex 22s and Tasman 20s etc . The most surprising thing was that Monaco was only 10 or so miles up the coast and Cannes 5 miles the other way yet it’s afforable to keep a 5 grand trailer yacht in a great marina . I’m thinking our marinas are overbuilt and the space is under utilised and the rental is far-ken unrealistic

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Dont think anyone looks forward to that day unless it is brought on by Health , divorce etc when it is the only option forward.

Saying goodbye to a boat that has given one a lot of good memories is always going to be a tough day...

  Sympathy :)

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Unfortunately you are one of many, I am seriously contemplating downsizing - still have my old boat, and getting rid of the Westhaven bill would be very attractive, the marina is really only for people who dont work or dont have to now. Two years ago in Cowes I priced up hauling a First 45 clean and launch after one week on the hard, convert to Kiwi$ and it was 1/3 of doing the same at Orams. we have too many layers off landlords taking a cut from Westhaven, I too noticed all the modest boats on marinas last year in Honfleur. Its like Parnell gone large on the land so not a down trodden area, a struggle to get a park for my old girl (car)  between the Mclarens and Porches  .

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